• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Abstract - Plant-herbivore Interactions in a North American Mixed-grass Prairie - I Effects of Black-tailed Prairie Dogs on Intraseasonal Aboveground Plant Biomass and Nutrient Dynamics and Plant Species Diversity

Coppock, D.L., Detling, J.K., Ellis, J.E. and Dyer, M.I. 1983. Plant-herbivore interactions in a North American mixed-grass prairie. I. Effects of black-tailed prairie dogs on intraseasonal aboveground plant biomass and nutrient dynamics and plant species diversity. Oecologia 56. pp. 1-9.

Abstract

Research was conducted to detemine the effects of a native, sedentary rodent of North American grasslands, the black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus), on seasonal aboveground plant biomass and nutrient dynamics and plant species diversity. The study was done on a northern mixed-grass prairie site at Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota. The authors suggest that prairie dog-induced changes in plant biomass, plant species diversity, plant nutrient content, and forage digestibility may lead to further alterations of nutrient cycling and trophic dynamics in this mixed-grass prairie ecosystem

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Prairie Dog Barking

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